- The quit notice given to Igbos residing in the north by some northern youths is still a trending topic in Nigeria
- The chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya has joined in the condemnation of the northern youth groups
- He stated that the Igbos cannot be treated as second class citizens anywhere in the country
The chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya has vowed that the Igbos would not leave the northern part of the country due to the threats by some northern youth groups asking them to vacate the north.
Speaking at his palace on Friday, June 30, the revered monarch insisted that every Nigerian is free to live and do legitimate business in any part of the country he wishes.
He made the comments at two different events while receiving a delegation of the Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), Imo state branch and the Association for Media Communication Development.
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He cautioned youths in the north against threatening the unity of the country by inflammatory and divisive utterances to avoid igniting ethnic conflagration.
Thisday quoted the monarch as saying: “Nigerians are one irrespective of our ethnic-religious, linguistic and tribal diversities.
“We must preach peace and unity as a way out of any serious problem or challenge facing us as a nation.”
He stressed that anybody advocating for anything that would lead to disunity is unpatriotic.
“The socio-economic and political setback associated with disintegration is too enormous to be ignored,” he cautioned.
Eze Ilomuanya praised Nigerians who had spoken in condemnation of the eviction threat.
He said Igbos had contributed to the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria and “cannot be treated as second class citizens anywhere in the country.”
Meanwhile, the chairman of the APC in Abia state, Chief Donatus Nwankpa has advised pro-Biafra agitators to shelve their secession plan and negotiate to produce an Igbo president in the country.
Nwankpa gave the advice in an interview with journalists in the state capital, Umuahia on Sunday, June 18.
He stated that the agitation for a Biafra Republic is not a viable option for the South-east zone of the country.
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